Stop the bus! David LaChapelle explains his latest exhibition

David LaChapelle lives in a land, far, far away, where large Venus fly traps grow and giant celebrities peer through tiny houses; it’s a place were plastic is fantastic and where real life Barbies come to get their sugar-filled kicks.

by Tish Weinstock and Adam Fletcher
22 September 2014, 7:20pm

Photography David LaChappelle

For his latest creative venture, the Crown Prince of Pop Art (he was mentored by Andy Warhol) has teamed up with Transport For London and Annin Arts to create a series of colour-stained landscapes that have been installed on top of 10 bus stop shelters along the Strand. On the last day of this immersive exhibition (you can only view the works from the top deck of one of London's iconic red buses) we ask David what LAND SCAPES is all about. Oyster Cards at the ready!

What was it about the exhibition's curation that drew you to working with TFL and Annin Arts?
The chance to have my pictures seen on the street by the people who take the bus makes me very happy. I always want to find venues for my work that can bring it to the eyes of people who may not see it otherwise. 

What was the inspiration behind LAND SCAPES?
They are monuments to the industrial revolution, the most impactful event that has occurred since the last ice age. 

Why was it so important to use everyday objects?
These are made from fossil fuels. These disposable, everyday items of life we see are so common that, in a sense, they are rendered invisible to us. 

When approaching theses works did you envision the vibrant glowing colours beforehand or did they come after? 
Palette and color choices are an intuitive part of every step of my process leading up to the finished picture. 

What do you hope the viewer will take away from viewing your landscapes? 
As much as one can from a bus window. 

How does the public aspect of the exhibition affect the meaning of the work?
It means greater visibility of pictures. It's a very cool public project and I'm very glad to have been asked to be a part of it. 

What do you love about London?
The people, the creativity, and all the art, music, and visuals. I love that originality is important in London and is regarded highly. 

Bus or tube? 
I like them both. 

What's next?
I'm about to go for a swim.



Text Tish Weinstock
Photography David LaChappelle

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